How did Alonso's F1 cars pan out in terms of capability, reliability, speed?
Truth be told, it's going to seem ridiculously strange that starting the next season, there's going to be no Fernando Alonso in Formula 1. The very fact that his Wikipedia page reveals that he's a 'former' Formula 1 driver seems a bit eerie, especially when the man is still fit and raring to compete in other motor-racing forms.
A true great of the sport and someone with not one but two world championships under his belt, there's really nothing that Alonso couldn't do. Whether it was challenging the best men on the grid, pushing the likes of Raikkonen, Vettel, and Hamilton to the edge and even finding a way to sneak out with the fastest lap in that barely drivable McLaren of 2017, only an Alonso could've pulled out stuff he did in the topmost echelons of F1 racing.
Even as the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix would forever be remembered for the two Ferrari drivers- Vettel and Raikkonen- grabbing a sensational 1-2, it would always be Alonso whose feat would be credit for securing a fighting P6- god alone knows how he did it- an effort in the process of which he went fastest at the Hungaroring, also the scene of his final F1 podium that came in 2014.
Having said all of that, it's not always that Alonso had the best car on him. There were times, in stark polarisation to his Renault and early Ferrari years where his car didn't even seem like a Grand Prix machine. Then there were times where the man found his true expression in racier, edgier machines.
That told, let's visit some Fernando Alonso cars in the realm of Grand Prix racing:
#1 The 2003 Renault, R23
If there was a Formula 1 car that truly seemed to compliment the fiery craft of the man from Asturias, then it was the 2003 Formula 1 season's R23.
Let's take a minute to pause and reminisce the young Fernando Alonso who emerged back in the day, circa 2001.
In a complete polarisation to the experienced veteran who challenged Vettel from his Ferrari, the Alonso in a blue and yellow race suit was a young man who was here to make a name for himself.
He needed a car that could echo his fighting spirit and amplify his abilities. It was only a matter of time before the 2003 season would give fans a clue of what the man was truly capable of.
In only two years into the sport, along with Raikkonen, who debuted in 2003, the Spanish knight emerged as a man who seemed destined to be a frontrunner.
It was then in 2003 where Alonso landed up behind the wheels of the R23, a car that was edgy and quick-footed, quite like the talent commanding it.
Alonso would claim his first ever pole position in that sensational Renault. When he won at the Hungaroring in 2003, he would become the youngest race winner then and was driving the R23.